Elizabeth Marshall Thomas ’53

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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

In the 1950s, anthropologist and author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas ’53, gained notoriety with her first book, The Harmless People, a classic account of her experience living in the Kalahari Desert with the Juwa Bushman. But Thomas is probably best known for her book The Hidden Life of Dogs. A massive best seller, its first printing was in August ’93 for 13,000 copies. Withina week Houghton Mifflin had orders for 10,000 more, and it spent nearly 10 months on the New York Times bestseller list. Today there are more than a million copies in print. Among her other works, which include both nonfiction and fiction, are The Social Life of Dogs, The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture, Certain Poor Shepherds: A Christmas Tale, Reindeer Moon, and The Animal Wife. Her latest book is The Old Way: A Story of the First People.

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